19 Feb 1925
18 Feb 1943
D Co. 505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division.
Sharpshooter M1 and Carbine, Demolitions Specialist
SCR 300 Operator.
Combat Infantryman Badge, P.T
Instructor, Jump Master, Air Transportability Instructor, Drill
Presidential Unit Citation with Oak
Bronze Star, EAME Campaign Medal with 4
Bronze Stars and 1 Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater
Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Victory Medal, Dutch Military Order of
Wilhelms, Belgian Fouragere, French Fouragere.
15 Dec 1948
Having graduated from
High School, Chicago, Illinois
in January 1943 aged 17, Frank enlisted the day before his 18th
birthday. Originally sent to Scott Field,
Illinois with the Army Air Force,
in March 1943, Frank transferred to the Infantry. Here followed 13 weeks
of Basic Training at Camp
California and following its
completion on 29th June 1943, Frank volunteered for airborne
He was placed in a
Casual Company with other airborne volunteers until he was transferred
to Fort Benning, Georgia
on 15th August 1943. As Jump
School was full, Frank was sent to Alabama, where he
remained until the 1st week of September when he began his
jump training. After
graduating on 07 October 1943, Frank was moved to
NC where he remained readying for
deployment. On 10th November 1943 he relocated to
Fort Meade, MD and after a
brief two week layover, moved onto Camp Shanks, NY to await transportation to Europe.
This transportation arrived in the shape of the famous Queen Elizabeth
and on 5th December 1943 they began their epic sea journey to Britain.
Some 5 days later, the Queen Elizabeth docked in
Scotland, but the journey was not over, as Frank
moved to Cookstown,
to join the rest of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Here Frank was assigned to D Company, 2nd Battalion 505th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Frank
served with the 505th throughout their European Theater of
Operations campaigns until he finally arrived in
in the Army of Occupation. Having re-enlisted, Frank finally returned to
the USA with 505th
PIR where he remained until his final discharge on 15th
After completing his
military service, Frank entered the construction industry where he
successfully worked for some 25 year and where, together with his wife
Jean raised three children and help raise 6 wonderful grandchildren.
Even so, Frank still had jumping in his veins as in 1970 he took to
jumping again with the “505th Old Tymers Club” and he made
his last jump shortly before his 65th birthday.
Typical of the men we honor, Frank’s view of his experiences is
summed up in the briefest, unassuming of statements, “Life has been
really exciting and I have no complaints”.